Syfy explores Brave New World

US cable channel Syfy is developing a new drama based on Aldous Huxley’s novel Brave New World.

Syfy

Syfy

Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television is behind the project,  which is set in a world without poverty, war or disease. In this world, humans are given mind-altering drugs, free sex and rampant consumerism are the order of the day, and people no longer reproduce but are genetically engineered in “hatcheries”.

Those who won’t conform are forced onto “reservations” – until one of these “savages” challenges the system, threatening the entire social order.

Amblin’s Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey will be executive producers with Les Bohem, who will write the screenplay. It is produced by Universal Cable Productions.

Syfy hires The Magicians

The Magicians has been greenlit to series by US cable channel Syfy.

Syfy

Syfy

Ordered to pilot in July last year, it is based on Lev Grossman’s books of the same name.

The series stars Jason Ralph as Quentin Coldwater, a brilliant grad student who enrolls in Brakebills College for Magical Pedagogy, a secret upstate New York university specialising in magic.

He and his 20-something friends soon discover that the magical fantasy world they read about as children is all too real – and poses grave danger to humanity.

The cast also includes Stella Maeve, Hale Appleman, Arjun Gupta, and Summer Bishil.

Groundswell Productions’ Michael London and Janice Williams will executive produce with writers John McNamara and Sera Gamble. It is produced by Universal Cable Productions.

The 12-part season will begin shooting in Vancouver in July.

Syfy shuts down Helix

Helix has been cancelled after two seasons on US cable channel Syfy.

The story follows a team of scientists who investigate a possible disease outbreak in an Arctic research facility and find themselves trying to protect the world from annihilation.

Stars of the show reacted to the news on Twitter:

Helix is produced by Tall Ship Productions, Kaji Productions and Lynda Obst Productions, in association with Sony Pictures Television. The executive producers are Ronald D Moore, showrunner Steven Maeda and Lynda Obst. The co-executive producer is Cameron Porsandeh.

Syfy pilots Incorporated

Syfy is piloting a futuristic espionage thriller from Matt Damon and Ben Affleck.

Syfy

Syfy

Set in a future where companies have unlimited power, Incorporated follows executive Ben Larson, who is forced to change his identity to infiltrate a cut-throat corporate world and save the woman he loves.

It is created by David and Alex Pastor, who will write and direct the pilot. Showrunner Ted Humphrey will executive produce with Damon, Affleck, and Jennifer Todd. Margaret Chernin is an associate producer.

Incorporated is produced by Damon and Affleck’s Pearl Street Productions, CBS Television Studios, and Universal Cable Productions.

Sharknado 3 targets global launch

The third installment of Syfy’s Sharknado franchise will devour international audiences when it debuts in 86 countries this summer.

Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! will launch on all Syfy channels around the world, including the UK, Australia, and across Europe, Asia and Latin America, with premieres within 24 hours of its US debut.

The plot sees another Sharknado cause mass destruction in Washington DC before crashing down the east coast into Florida.

It stars Ian Ziering, Tara Reid, Cassie Scerbo, David Hasselhoff, Bo Derek, Ryan Newman, and Jack Griffo.

Sharknado 3 is produced by The Asylum, and written by Thunder Levin.

The two-hour TV movie premieres in the US on July 22.

Sharknado 2 became Syfy’s most watched original movie ever when it aired on July 30 last year.

Sharknado 2

Sharknado 2

12 Monkeys steal second season on Syfy

US cable network Syfy has ordered a second season of its time-travelling adventure thriller 12 Monkeys.

12 Monkeys

12 Monkeys

The series is based on the film of the same name, and tells the story of time-traveller Cole, who journeys from a decimated future in 2043 to present day on a mission to save the human race from an imminent deadly plague.

12 Monkeys stars Aaron Stanford, Amanda Schull, and Kirk Acevedo.

It is produced by Universal Cable Productions in association with Atlas Entertainment, who produced the original film.

Season one showrunner Natalie Chaidez is stepping down from the series to concentrate on her next Syfy series Hunters, produced by Universal Cable Productions and Valhalla Productions.

Natalie Chaidez

Natalie Chaidez

Richard Suckle and Charles Roven will also executive produce, with Jake Kurily producing.

Co-creators and co-executive producers Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett will now step up as showrunners and executive producers.

Season two of 12 Monkeys is due to air in 2016.

Syfy UK adopts 12 Monkeys

The small screen adaptation of Bruce Willis movie 12 Monkeys has landed in the UK.

12 Monkeys

12 Monkeys

Syfy has acquired the series in deal between Universal Networks International and NBCUniversal International Television Distribution.

It was originally commissioned by Syfy in the US.

12 Monkeys (13×60′) stars Aaron Stanford as time-traveller, Cole, who utilises a dangerous and untested method of time travel to journey from a decimated future in 2043 to present day on a mission to save the human race from an imminent deadly plague.

The cast also includes Amanda Schull, Kirk Acevedo, Barbara Sukowa and Noah Bean.

It is produced by Universal Cable Productions in association with Atlas Entertainment.

Charles Roven executive produces with Richard Suckle and showrunner Natalie Chaidez. Jake Kurily is the producer, while co-creators Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett are co-executive producers.

The series will debut on Syfy in the UK on February 27.

Syfy shows its Defiance

Syfy in the US is preparing for the return of Defiance as season three begins production.

Defiance

Defiance

The new 13-part season has begun filming in Toronto, ahead of its premiere this summer.

Produced by Universal Cable Productions, Defiance is set on a future Earth where humans and aliens must co-exist.

The season three cast includes Lee Tergesen, Nichole Galicia, and Conrad Coates, alongside Grant Bowler, Julie Benz, Stephanie Leonidas, Tony Curran, Jaime Murray, Graham Greene, and Jesse Rath.

Showrunner Kevin Murphy returns as executive producer with Darren Swimmer and Todd Slavkin. Anupam Nigam and Michael Nankin are the co-executive producers.

Sharknado takes a third turn

Tara Reid and Ian Ziering will reprise their roles in the third installment of the Sharknado franchise.

Sharknado

Sharknado

Thunder Levin has written the screenplay for Sharknado 3, which sees Washington DC become the centre of mass destruction.

The film is produced by The Asylum. It is due to air on Syfy in July.

 Sharknado 2: The Second One became Syfy’s highest-rated original movie ever when it drew 3.9 million viewers on its July 30 debut last year.

Syfy goes for a Spin

Syfy is adapting Robert Charles Wilson’s novel Spin as a six-hour miniseries.

Syfy

Syfy

The story follows a young scientist trying to save humanity from the impending apocalypse of a mysterious, impenetrable cloud that has enveloped the entire Earth, blacking out the stars.

Jim Uhls is writing the script, based on the 2005 book that is the first in a trilogy. The other titles include Axis and Vortex.

Universal Cable Productions is behind the project, alongside Rob Morrow’s Bits and Pieces Picture Company, and Olympus Pictures’ Leslie Urdang.